League Cup semi-finals, first leg: Swansea shock Chelsea, 2-0


szólj hozzá: Chelsea vs Swansea 0:1 Michu
Branislav Ivanovic had two moments of brain freeze and each proved costly. In the first instance robbed very cheaply by Jonathan De Guzman who lets the ball run to who else but Michu.
Have we said the Spaniard only cost Mikael Laudrup £2m? Michu made a monkey’s uncle of the Chelsea defenders with his cool, calm finish. In the second even more blatant “he’s got wood chips instead of brain cells” Ivanovic blindly back passes as a lurking Danny Graham pounces on the ball, evades Ross Turnbull’s challenge and then retains enough control and composure to shoot the ball fractionally ahead of the sliding centrebacks. A bit slower and it might have easily been a penalty with a good chance Ivanovic would have brought the striker down.
Both Michu and Graham are becoming quite the attacking duo. Only last week they put the brakes on Arsenal’s FA Cup entry by scoring both goals.
Chelsea had all the possession and plenty of scoring opportunities but it came to nothing. For some reason Rafa Benitez only called on Demba Ba very, very late and the big Senegalese striker almost delivered but his goal was controversially ruled offside.
The odds are stacked against Chelsea. Now they face the Swans playing at home in the return leg hoping to overcome a 2 goal margin and a well organized defence. However, the Blues have shown they can pour those goals in. So hold off on those premature celebrations. But you can permit yourself a rising excitement at the prospect of a Swansea City vs Bradford City final at Wembley.

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